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Companionship at Christmas: The Loneliest Time of Year

The word “care” can have many connotations. Care can mean health, welfare, keeping one’s safety, a desire, supervision and much more. 

When we speak of home care, very often, we assume that there must be a health concern or a need for supervision in someone’s everyday life. At Trinity, we understand that care has multiple meanings and is entirely dependent on the individual’s needs.

With Christmas not far away, most of us are getting into the Christmas spirit. Regardless of age, culture or religion, it is a great opportunity for many of us to spend time with family and loved ones. But this isn’t always possible for everyone.

“More than 200,000 elderly people in the UK will be alone at Christmas this year.”

Loneliness is a common problem

Minister for Loneliness, Mims Davies stated: “Loneliness is one of the biggest health challenges our country faces. It can affect anyone at any time and its impact is in line with smoking or obesity. But we can only begin to help one another if we feel able to understand, recognise and talk about it.”

Loneliness can happen for a multitude of reasons, including the following: 

  • Maybe you have a long term condition that you feel you are battling, which is preventing you from socialising and participating in activities
  • It could be that your partner or your closest family member has recently passed and you feel that you have no one to speak to and are lacking interaction 
  • Perhaps your family lives quite some distance and you haven’t got anyone by your side
  • Perhaps everyone is too busy living their own lives that they can’t be there as much as you’d like 

 

 

Loneliness at Christmas time 

Labelled for some as the “loneliest time of year”, it is apparent that not everyone will be looking forward to the festive season with the ultimate Christmas spirit. 

According to AgeUK, “almost 2 million older people are expecting to feel lonely this Christmas.” Proving it’s a common problem for many elderly individuals to feel ‘on their own’ during the festive period. 

It is also fair to say that loneliness doesn’t just affect the elderly. According to recent research, loneliness is becoming more common in young adults, with mental health issues playing a key part. Trinity Homecare is here to offer a much-needed solution for those who want to engage in the festivities this Christmas. 

 

Don’t feel lonely this Christmas

Having constant interaction and someone to talk to is very important. At Trinity, we offer a personal, trusted and caring service, providing heartfelt companionship that is tailored to your needs. Regardless of what you need help with, we will always offer a friendly face with a warmth that is needed in everyone’s lives.

For those who are feeling lonely, at Trinity Homecare we do more than care for specialist conditions, we also support those who may be in need of companionship. 

Our Companionship Care can offer support with tasks including:

  • Meal preparation
  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Cleaning
  • Caring for pets
  • Errands such as shopping, collecting prescriptions and arranging appointments
  • Plus much more! 

Our compassionate Trinity Carers can visit your home as many times a week as you like, with our companionship care service being entirely flexible to your needs and requirements. 

 

How to help lonely elderly at Christmas

Companionship is something we are able to offer all of our clients and with Christmas quickly approaching, it is important to remember that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical wellbeing.

Our companionship services offer a compassionate soul to share the festivity with this Christmas. Whether that be for heartfelt conversation, meal preparation, household errands and tasks or someone to join you in doing the things you love. 

If you are considering companionship over the Christmas period or would like to speak to us regarding our ‘outstanding rated’ home care services, then get in touch now.

Nobody should ever feel alone, and we’re here to help you this Christmas. Call us today on 020 4530 8756 with no obligation to discuss your home care needs.